Changes…

And these children That you spit on As they try to change their world Are immune from your consultations They’re quite aware of what they’re going through… –David Bowie A little under two years ago, I wrote this post in reaction to Philando Castile’s murder: Storm’s here. In that time, nothing changed, until last February, Read More …

Language means something…

My friend on Facebook says: “This kid was a domestic abuser. His girlfriend had broken up with him, so he SHOT HER. This headline is BS.” Boy, howdy, is it ever. Entitled asshole with access to deadly weapons. But this isn’t the first time I’ve had trouble with headlines. What headline? From the Associated Press via Read More …

Speaking of elections and Governors…

I rarely talk about local politics (because all politics is local), but where I live, in Maryland, parents are waking up this morning to discover that their Spring Break is about to be shortened by a day. Why? Because Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan is a Republican, which means he hates public education and the teachers’ Read More …

Still standing…

Six days left. It appears Hurricane Sandy is the October Surprise folks have wondered about. The unexpected size and devastation in the super storm’s wake (it still hasn’t finished with the states, though the storm has finally dissolved across the lower part of Canada) leaves a lot of questions  unanswered. The storm’s intensity has surprised Read More …

Between the Debates – Maryland’s Question 6 and Marriage Equality

Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama With only a few weeks to go to get the word out, rhetoric on my Facebook friends’ pages has heated up. Today’s issue seems to be Marriage Equality (aka Gay / Same Sex Marriage). Here’s what Maryland’s law says: http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/chapters_noln/Ch_2_hb0438T.pdf Maryland is one of four states voting on the question. Two Read More …

Education cuts? Good grief!

Lawmakers looking favorably on cuts in education funding: A first step might be easing counties’ obligation I don’t get it. We mandate by federal law No Child Left Behind, then pull funding from schools to ensure that the only thing teachers can teach are the ways to pass the tests mandated by NCLB. Who wins Read More …

Ok, here’s the rant that’s been brewing over the last couple of days….

I woke up to a nightmare that a polite but firm thief was in my house, taking whatever he wanted while we just sat back and didn’t call 9-11. Now that I’m awake, I find it’s absolutely true, only it’s not my house or my laptop that’s been broken into. Yes, as far as I Read More …

Been there, done that. Wish I was less annoyed…

Ok. I get the point. When I get four (yes, that’s right, four) phone calls from a candidate or his wife asking for my vote, I think I can figure out what it is they want. Somehow I must have gotten onto the “undecided” list (which, I’ll admit, was accurate immediately after Edwards dropped out). Read More …

Gotta find a new hobby…

TOMORROW IS PRIMARY DAY – VOTE!!! Whew. Got that off my chest. Cleaning house just ain’t doing it for me. Voting tomorrow. Window sign in place (lifted from a bunch of enthusiastic Obama-supporters on the way in to work this morning), and plans for what to do with the day tomorrow while I try to Read More …

It’s too soon for dancing in the streets…

…but at least I know my ballot isn’t one of the ones waiting to be counted. I sat on the fence for several days, my absentee ballot in my hot little hands, but I ultimately decided to go with the electronics. So that’s one less paper ballot to be counted overall. Still, I can’t get Read More …